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Grateful Dead In The Dark RIAA Platinum Album Award

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ward for Grateful Dead album In The Dark. Released on July 6, 1987, it was certified Platinum by the RIAA on Sept. 18, 1987 for one million copies sold. Remember Jerry Garcia (1942-1995) and Brent Mydland (1952-1990) with this award.

The album, the Dead's most successful, produced the  Billboard Hot 100 #9 hit "Touch of Grey" and also spawned a popular MTV video. "Hell in a Bucket" and "Throwing Stones" also garnered album-oriented rock radio airplay. The album itself reached #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. By 1995 it was certified 2x Multi-Platinum for two million copies sold. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album*. 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Platinum Album award 
  • In VG to Excellent condition
  • Award from 1987
  • Presentation to record promotion executive
  • Letter of provenance included
  • All original with manufacturer sticker
  • Known as a RIAA "flower hologram" award, they were made from 1986-1989
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Great collectors item for any Grateful Dead fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum Album award that would have been manufactured in 1987, making it approx. 37 years old. It is presented to Sean Coakley, an independent record promoter that worked with many record labels and who had also worked for ATCO/Atlantic and Arista Records. A notarized letter of provenance from the recipient is included with this award (see image).

This award is in VG to Excellent condition with only very minor mars on the frame and plexiglass. The award has its original backing paper with Creative Glassics manufacturer's sticker.

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 20 to 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.

As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.

Finally, a word on photos: Our photos are zoomable so you can get a very good look. Do let us know if you want photos of any other details on our pieces and we'll be happy to provide. 

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